My way around the curse was to seek out the hand-knitted sweater that I would have made for Mr. Responsibly if I wasn't constrained by the curse. That's how he ended up with this pretty Irish fisherman's sweater by a Maura Kennedy. Maura and I, because I like to think I had something to do with making this sweater before it appeared on the shelf at Irish Imports, chose a lovely blue/green wool that matches his eyes but falls a little flat in these pictures:
My plan worked, it definitely makes him feel loved:
Since then I haven't really knit for him. I don't do gloves, and Mr. Responsibly doesn't wear scarves much. Really all he's ever gotten from my needles is one unwearable hat. I just can't quite get it right. Back in 2008 I really wanted to make him the Elizabeth Zimmerman Watch Cap:
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After three attempts with the same ball of yarn, I'd made two too small, one with a super girly brim when you folded it (I think I cast on too tightly), and finally, well, this last one:
I gave up. But this December we could not find the box or shelf or drawer where we must have packed away our winter things so Mr. Responsibly has gone hatless. I decided it was time to try again. No more pork chop stitch, we're vegetarians. No more worsted, I was going chunky. No more variegated burnt orange, it was time for a conservative charcoal.
Sometimes I like it, but from the side I'm less sure:
Is it still a little off - too long maybe? Does he just need better glasses frames? Or does my simple little hat just not stand up next to Maura's sweater? I guess the only thing that really matters is, he wears it!